Friday, March 31, 2017


The Dead Game, by Susanne Leist, is a great novel for fans of Vampire stories. Actually, there's a lot more going on within the pages of this tome. Mystery awaits thee. Shenanigans of the nasty kind lurk in the shadows. The paranormal beings are waiting for you to read what they're up to. Indulge them. After all, this is their game. The Dead Game.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Book 1 in Series
After graduating college, Linda Bennett leaves New York for the slower-paced lifestyle of Oasis, Florida. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple-that is until the dead body washes up on shore. She is horrified to learn that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are common for this small town. There is talk of secret parties being held by the original residents in their secluded mansions. Once the sun sets, the tourist-friendly town becomes a haven for evil and dark shadows. But this is only the beginning.
Linda and the other young residents receive an unsigned invitation to a party at End House, the deserted house in the forest behind town; a house with its own violent history. They are pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, barely escaping with their lives. Two of their own remain trapped inside. Or so they think.
It's up to Linda and her friends to search out The Dead and find the evil one controlling their once peaceful community. Can they trust the Sheriff and his best friend, Todd?
THE DEAD GAME has begun.

Editorial Reviews


The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a mysterious supernatural thriller withplenty of twists and turns that is well-written and keeps you turningthe page. From the first page you start a wild ride and just when youthink all is well, she throws in another twist. 
Rhonda Cratty, Parenting & Education Examiner

I was absolutely surprised by this book! I knew it had some enigmaticmystery and some dark action, but the author set up the story so well Iwas happily amazed. It starts with a very engaging character, a youngwoman who is very well portrayed in a community, Oasis, Florida. Thetown's mysteries are maze-like and become deeper and more sinister asthe book progresses. This is a very original approach to the concept of vampires and their existence.
Ray Miller "Relevant Reviewer"

The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a top-notch haunted house horror thriller. The author excels at spookydescriptions, terrifying scenarios like opening a door and stepping into a black abyss or forever trapped in a dark maze with endless roomsstretching into infinity. Her characters are perfect and the reader caneasily connect with them.
Simon Okill, Simon's Phantom Blog

A beachfront town, a hauntedmansion, people disappearing or turning up dead--these are the elementsof gothic horror, but this unique novel has a more than a few twists.The writing is first-rate, and the pace is fast. The characters arewell-defined, and the plot is imaginative and unpredictable...
Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author

Susanne's take on vampires is fresh andnew but you'll have to read to know. She takes the age old vampirelegend and turns it into something I've never read before...

Elle Klass, Author of As Snow Falls

From the Author

To be or not to be a writer.
This has been the hardest question for me.
Should I continue with my pursuit?
Or step away and claim defeat?
One book written.
One book sold.
It dances around on Amazon and Nook.
It reaches new heights in its niche,
And then it slowly bows its head in silence.
The highs feel good and lofty,
While the lows feel depressing and sad.
Is it worth it? 
Is it worth the aggravation?
I am told that a writer must keep writing.
More books to dance around.
More highs and lows.
Should I keep doing this?
Will I keep doing this? 
Yes, for now
As I wait for the next high.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


W. J. Howard's latest movie review is for The Stanford Prison Experiment. Go to and see how many stars she rates this movie at. While you're there, discover other great treats she has on her blog: movie reviews and much more. You'll be glad you visited!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Carole Gill is my Woman In Horror today! As I have said in past posts, she certainly deserves the honor! Carole is my favorite Gothic Vampire author, bar none. The House On Blackstone Moor  starts off the Blackstone Vampire Series, and a grand beginning it is. This story, as are the rest in the series, are Gothic Horror at its best. This is  horror in the style of Stoker, albeit, in my opinion, up a notch or three.

There are no sparkly Vampire tales from her pen. Her tales are filled with blood, gore, and mayhem when her Vampires strike. Horror is everywhere. There are many victims, as her stories certainly have an abundance of these fanged creatures.

Even though darkness is present through every fiber of her tales, The House On Blackstone Moor also includes love. Yes, love. But how is that love to survive when we deal with ancient, decadent creatures where even the best of them are horror incarnate? This is not an easy task, my friends, and the only solution for you to wrap your head around this is to read her thrilling novels.

From madhouses, ancient magic, good and evil, and Satan worship, Rose Baines fights a tough struggle to survive, let alone think about love. But it is interwoven into the tale, showing us that deep inside us, no matter how difficult things become, that the spark of love exists, no matter the horrible price one must pay.

The sequel, Unholy Testament, brings history to life as Carole brings some of the most horrific people from the past front and center. This romp through time is nothing like what you read in the history books. In Unholy Testament - Full Circle, Carole continues the story of Eco, a villain bad enough to rank amongst the worst of all time.

The Fourth Bride is filled with twists and turns, and contains erotic sex and graphic violence. Many say this is Carole's finest novel. I believe that if you are looking for an extreme story of decadence, you will find it here.

Some of her books delve into sci-fi writing. I happen to love science fiction and Carole writes it so well. Having read her tales in this genre, I would have to say that her approach is refreshing after reading a lot of the pap that is bandied about. Her tales have a "maybe this could happen" feel to them, no matter what road they follow. Tres cool.

Carole is no flash in the pan. She is the real deal.

Carole's bio:

I've always written but life, as it often does, got in the way and I turned back to writing some years ago. In 2000 I was selected by North West Playwrights of England for further development but found I preferred writing fiction (novels and short stories).
My fiction is not easy on the heart. It will frighten you and shock you. You might never be the same after reading it. But you know what? Maybe that's good. Perhaps I am doing my job. I'm not just dishing out novels to make up series, I'm giving you a piece of my soul. I'm telling you, if you care to read my work, the dark side is evil! It always was. Satan is wicked, his demons are his servants.
No reward can await those who forfeit heaven for a taste of hell.
Most crucially of all because I write vampire fiction, I portray my vampires as VAMPIRES, yes they may be capable of love but it is tortured love. They are not happy little fairies prancing about enchanted forests. They do not inhabit a pleasant world, if they are good it is because "they do less evil than themselves."
That quote by the way is from "The House on Blackstone Moor."
If you are a mature reader and want to read gothic fiction that portrays evil as being evil, then please check out my books and short stories. If not, go in peace and with my blessing. We are all different and that is good because diversity enriches the genre!
The House on Blackstone Moor is literary style horror at its darkest. The themes are vampirism, madness, obsession and devil worship.

Amazon bio:
Carole Gill is published by Creativia. She writes dark Gothic romance as well as contemporary horror.

Preditors & Editors’ Readers’ POLL


Her acclaimed 4-novel series, The Blackstone Vampires:
2014 - Amazon Bestseller in Dark Fantasy - THE BLACKSTONE VAMPIRES OMNIBUS
2015 - Amazon Bestseller in Vampire Horror - THE BLACKSTONE VAMPIRES OMNIBUS
2015 - Amazon Bestseller in Horror Anthologies - HOUSE OF HORRORS

eBook Festival of Words 2014
Best Horror: The House on Blackstone Moor and
Best Villain: Eco

Top 10 Books - 2013 - The House on Blackstone Moor
Aoife Marie Sheridan - ALL THINGS FANTASY
Publisher, Ultimate Fantasy Books
92 Horror authors you need to read right now,
Carole Gill - The Blackstone Vampires Series. ~Charlotte Books Examiner,

Justine: Into The Blood Book One - Blood and Passion Series is on sale at Amazon.
Book 2, Anat: Blood Princess, follows.

I, Bathory, Queen of Blood, a novel about the Blood Countess Erzsebat Bathory is her latest book.
For dark horror fans there is, Carole Gill's House of Horrors and the novel, Circus of Horrors.

In 2000 she was selected by Northwest Playwrights of England for further development. Short stories and novels were what she preferred to write.
Her story, The Devil's Work is being broadcast web and television in the Fragments of Fear Program in 2016.


facebook author page:

She is widely published in horror and sci-fi anthologies:

Fragments of Fear tv and web coming soon
Killing it Softly, Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. coming soon
Sideshow, published by PsychoPomp
After Armeagedon short story collection by Brian L. Porter (guest story by Carole Gill)
Rogues Gallery, The Illustrated Police News, Firbolg
Enter at Your Own Risk: Dark Muses Spoken Silences Firbolg
Vampires: Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Tales
A S Publications: Enter at Your Own Risk: Old Masters New Voices, An Anthology of Gothic Literature,
Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror
Triskaideka Books' Masters of Horror Anthology One,
Triskaideka Books' Masters of Horror Damned If You Don't,
Sonar 4 Publishing's Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2010,
SNM's Bonded By Blood3 Languish In Lament,
Sonar 4 Publishing's Whitechapel 13, Anthology,
Rymfire's Undead Tales,
Rymfire's Zombie Winter,
Rymfire's Zombie Writing
Angelic Knight Press' Satan's Toy Box: Demonic Dolls and
Whitechapel 13, An Anthology of the Victorian Era
Sci Fi Almanac 2009 and 2010 and
Science Fiction Freedom Magazine, issues 1-4,
Sci Fi Talk's Tales of Time and Space.

One of Carole's great books is I, Bathory, Queen Of Blood.

Book description:

In present day New York, a woman is writing her memoirs...

Born in 16th century Hungary, Damita wasn't always known by her current name. A human monster with absolute power, she murdered and tortured for pleasure.

After her confrontation with Darvulia, she thought that blood could reverse any sign of aging. And in her death, she was raised by her vampire lover, Anton.

Spanning centuries and concluding in modern day, this is the story of Damita, previously known as Erzsebet Bathory - The Blood Countess.

Carole writes some of the best Gothic tales out there. And, no one beats her when it comes to Vampire stories.
Carole Gill is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob


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Blaze McRob


Saturday, March 18, 2017


 Linda Watkins has a sure-fire hit with Mateguas Island: a Novel of Terror and Suspense. This is a dark Gothic horror tale with plenty of suspense. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That's what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is really something quite different….

"Surprising twists and turns and a powerful old box filled with magic: these are the elements of a fine horror story that slowly builds its plot with believable protagonists and engrossing color...Any who like horror stories and gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read." ~ Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"In Watkins’s slow-building haunted house novel, the new home that’s supposed to save a disintegrating family turns out to hold horrors from the past…The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen's fates." ~ PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY

"...a fast-paced and unpredictable story that is both spooky and entertaining. Mateguas Island is an absorbing horror tale and is highly recommended." ~ Jack Magnus for READERS' FAVORITE


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A super suspenseful novel...told slowly and deliberately with wonderfully crafted characters. Filled with rich description, this book was difficult to put down!

Living on an island off the coast of Maine is a totally new environment for this family. Karen and Bill's marriage isn't on firm footing to begin with, and there are some people on the island who become entwined in their lives, namely the beautiful piano teacher, Maggie and a handsome local, Dex. Karen is not happy and on the island and Dex falls in love with her.

I particularly liked the fishing scene with Dex and Karen. There are well-written love scenes and the actions of the characters are realistic.

The plot is well-paced and the scenes are interesting, filled with well written description. I've been on Maine islands before and this author puts you right there -- you smell and feel the ocean -- the isolation and raw beauty -- and all of the details of island life are evident.

The children find something (I don't want to spoil the story), and they take a trip that is filled with terror.

The characters are realistic and well developed; the story line is interesting and the ending is amazing. You won't be able to stop reading until you get to the end, so schedule some time to read this great book (like a rainy weekend), just make sure you're not on an island off the coast of Maine when you're reading it! 
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I was completely blown away by this story. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I knew it was an award-winning book and it had received some great reviews, so I decided to read it for myself. The author does a remarkable job, not only developing the characters but also the plot. Slowly, we learn about Bill and Karen, their past, their kids, and their current predicament. It was obvious there was evil lurking in their new home, as both began to behave out of character. It was actually quite sad to watch their lives fall apart.
I wasn't sure which characters I got the most attached to... at the end, I think I just felt for the whole family. Oh and speaking of the ending... did not expect that at all! So, I guess now I have to hurry and read the sequel.
If you're ready to read a good suspense, with paranormal and horror twist, this one is highly recommended! 
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MATEGUAS ISLAND is an excellent horror novel. It's success lies in the fact that Linda Watkins builds believable - and identifiable - characters, which only ramps ups the suspense as the novel unfolds. Highly recommended for fans of the genre, and fans of good books in general.

Monday, March 6, 2017


Gena Mantz is my Woman In Horror today! Gena and I did a Q&A interview that you'll find quite refreshing. Here we go, me lads and lassies.  Gena Mantz. Front and center.

Gena Mantz – Woman In Horror

Q. I don't know many horror authors from Kansas, although I have spent some time there and know a few interesting legends of my own. Could you explain to the folks how you manage to use the great state of Kansas to your advantage when writing your tales? Also, do you miss not having a lot of horror authors in your area that you can physically sit and talk to?

A. Kansas is a very interesting place. I do miss having others of my genre to talk to, but I do have several groups in different places of various authors. Some of the groups I can only attend a couple times a month, and some I try to attend weekly. I love the unique qualities of my home state and it is fun to show this to others.

Q. I love how you write of Vampires and Werewolves. And, you are able to weave them together and even toss in some erotica. Quite an achievement.

A. Thanks. I have a “what if” attitude. What if there were not just people of different faiths and races here in Kansas, but fey folk, paranormals, and other folk too? I want my characters to have depth, problems, and have to overcome obstacles while living a somewhat normal life.

Q. Now I come to a part of you that I find most interesting: Gena Mantz and Angel Edenburn, one and the same and yet perhaps not. A rather interesting paradox, might I say. Does this ever confuse any of your readers?

A. Sometimes. I started writing a few years ago. I live in a very small but lovely town and have ties to my even smaller home town. I wanted to separate my spicier stuff from my sweeter stuff. Angel lets me fly- so to speak. I can push the limits and not worry. Gena has to be a little more conventional and more proper in a way.

Q. In Light Shards and Shadow Dances , both Gena and Angel share the spotlight. I find this way cool!

A. I occasionally merge my personas. I am one or the other, and sometimes both at once. I wanted all of my readers to have a chance to view me in a different light.

Q. Back to your home state once more. Yes, I'm intrigued. Could you explain more about your vision of A Darker side . . . of Kansas ?

A. I want people to see that Kansas is just more than a bunch of lines on a map. There are unique geographic features and here be monsters as well as heroes. Kansas is complex, and so are the beings who live here- no matter if they be human or paranormal. The lives of my characters are sometimes complicated, occasionally dark, and even a bit messy. Just like real life.

Q. I love your Isys The Vampire posts. Very intriguing. Funny and refreshing. However, it must have taken a lot of work to re-do things when you changed the name due to events beyond your control.

A. Well, I have been developing her for several years now. Isys was not happy about the name change thing, but agreed it would be best. She wants her story told in hopes it helps others heal. She is the most vocal of my characters and has a mind of her own.

Q. How soon before Flip Side comes out? Could you tell us a little about it?

A. My editor has the draft right now. She will go through it, and hopefully in a few weeks, I will have the rewrites done and be working on the cover. I want to have Flip Side out before summer.
It is the second book in the Kansas Vampire Chronicles. We will get to learn more about some of the other characters, as well as Isys herself. This may be a hard book for some to read, but it also shows some of the complexity of the relationships of Isys and her clan. She has a hard road ahead of her.

Q. Kansas Library Association's Authorpalooza sounds like a ton of fun. What say thee, my friend?

A. If I get the chance, I would go again in a heartbeat! I not only carpooled with an amazing author, Jo Mach (who has children’s books about ABILITIES instead of disabilities), but I was exposed to book lovers from all parts of Kansas and beyond. So many interesting people who love books!

Q. You are the only horror author I know who is also a belly dancer. Wow! What got you interested in this form of dance? Sounds like a lot of fun.

A. A friend of mine suggested I take a belly dance workshop. I did ballet, tap, and jazz when I was younger. I was looking to shed a few pounds, so I took a belly dance workshop workshop, then another. I was almost 40 when I started belly dancing and have kept up with it. In fact, I sometimes dance with my first belly dance teacher.
I have had teachers who are over 60 wear me out at a workshop! I think that is a very good indicator that I will be able to keep on doing this for a few more years. I am in better shape now than I’d been in for a very long time.

Q. In addition to dance, you ride horses, four-wheelers, motorcycles, and you also work on classic cars. Then, too, you have a day job. Do you have any time at all for sleep?

A. I am woefully underemployed in my day job but I love what I do as a home care worker. I refuse to give that up because I make people smile. Sometimes, I am the only face they have seen in days.
The other stuff I do in fits and spurts because of finances, weather, and needing funds for parts.
I sleep when my energy runs out.

Q. I found your experience at Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore to be quite exciting. Could you explain to us what happened?

A. A friend had found it when he and his wife were lost in the Flint Hills on a day trip. He went inside and pitched his books. When we had lunch a few days later, he told me about his discovery. It took me a few days to gather my courage, but I finally grabbed one paperback copy of each book and marched inside. Marcia and Michelle and everyone there is so helpful and friendly. The selection will surprise you!

Q. Like me, you are a seat of the pants author. Do you find this to be an exhilirating way to write a story?

A. It just sort of happens. I know where I want to start and where I need to end. The middle seems to sort of fill itself in when I let the characters talk to me, when I’m not throwing more problems at them!

Q. Little Apple Comic Expo is coming up soon. How are you preparing for it?

A. PREPARED?! Still working on that! I’ve restocked my selection of books. The “Great Writers, Right Here” in Topeka this year was a success, and I sold half of my stock of books in one day!

Q. I really love your attitude about strong, real women, with real size. I wish more folks felt the same way.

A. I do too. I got so tired of the cookie-cutter ideal female characters and decided to write some of my own. Yes, I am guilty of “doing a Mary Sue”, because I know how to be 5’5 and a size 12-14 with an attitude. I know how to be a woman who sometimes ends up in a difficult situation and has to handle it by herself, as best she can.

Q. Who are some of your favorite authors and books? Any genre.

A. Oh, my! Jeanne Kalogridis is one of my heroines. I fell in love with her “Diaries of the Family Dracul” series at a very difficult time in my life. Dennis E. Smirl’s Prime Trace series is good hard-core scifi, while his Sandeen novels are Chandler-esque detective fare. Aimee Gross and D. Dalton each have their sword and sorcery YA tales. Mark Bouton’s detective, Max, is a very good read. R.L. Naquin’s Monster Haven series and Mount Olympus books are as close to touchy-feely, emotionally feel-good reading as I get.

It's your turn now, Gena. Tell the world whatever you wish to say about anything.

I appreciate you for having this interview with me, and for all of my fans. Without support, I would not be where I am today. THANK YOU!! And support your favorite authors. Leave a review. Tell others about their books.

Share whatever links you wish to share.

It's been a real pleasure having you visit today, Gena!

Thanks again, Blaze. I appreciate your work and continued support of women horror writers.

Blaze McRob

Sunday, March 5, 2017


Billie-Jo Williams is my Woman In Horror today! I met her on Twitter a while back. With each passing day, I am getting to like Twitter more and more. Had it not been for the tweets between Billie, her friends, my friends, and me, I would probably still be unaware of Billie and her great novels. I got carried away into her world of dragons via her nine part The Destiny Of Dragons series. 

 The Destiny Of Dragons: Book One: The Book Of Wrath, by Billie-Jo Williams, is the first in this series. Follow Billie-Jo as she weaves a tale of superb fantasy, with great action, magic, mythical beasts, romance, and more.As you can tell from her picture above, Billie-Jo is ready to get into action at a moment's notice.

This great book has 445 pages and is only .99. That's right! This is a great deal! Get to know all about the beginning of The Destiny Of Dragons. You'll get sucked right in to the action!

Amazon bio:                                                         

Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK, died who knows where, I'm on a quest to become a full-time writer, in order to fulfill a life-long dream. I can't remember a time when I didn't write and can't imagine a time when I won't. Having lived without electricity for a time, necessity sparked my love affair with writing, as it was easier to write than read in poor light. No one else had written the story I wanted to read and my characters yearned to live and breathe, so I had to bring them to life!

Now I write for the experience and the pleasure, for it is my passion, my religion, my parent, my councillor: my identity. I write because I don't know how not to! My head is full of stories all jostling for position and it's never a matter of which book to write next, for I work on concurrent projects.

My literary inspirations are an eclectic lot ranging from English and French classics, to graphic novels, historical biographies, Japanese manga and great fantasy, of course.

The Destiny of Dragons is a nine headed Hydra of a series, combining action, adventurous quests, distinct characters, environmental concerns, good vs evil, imagination, loss, magic, myriad detail, mythical beasts, romance, sharp imagery, triumphs and more. The fantasy only builds as the books progress. It has been crafted with much care and attention, penned with love, blood, sweat and tears, so all nine books are intricately linked. The series has been completed and book eight will follow in late 2015, fingers crossed!

This is the great book that starts off the Destiny Of Dragons series, and a great one it is.

This is the blockbuster book that started it all! This is a not to be missed novel!

Book description:

 Damned by greedy Emperor Azmyth and his weak heir, Grand Prince Len, the Imperial Capital of Ay is winked out in one terrible moment by the mysterious Dark Destruction. Ill prepared for the rigours of leadership, Len leans upon his talented personal protector, Kai Canarbis, but as Kai spirits the unworthy imperial heirs through the disintegrating empire, in search of sanctuary and support, they must endure the karma of the Vallely dynasty’s crimes.

Caught in arrogant, naive Len’s web, Kai seeks to disentangle his master out of an impending sticky mess, his only reward being his blossoming romance with Grand Princess Anna. However, having been badly wounded by the herald of the Dark Destruction, even the incredibly accomplished Kai falls victim to circumstance.

A desperate, but doomed quest to save the empire leads across land, sea and ice, into enemy-occupied territory, but as the unfathomable Dark Destruction continues to ravage the realm, there might not be an empire remaining for anyone to claim.

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The author's lyrical and rhythmic writing style will pull you in, but it's her character development (at times wanting . . . but in such a way as to pique your curiosity) that will KEEP you in!

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The Book of Wrath is a great start to an epic fantasy series. The Ay Empire is decadent and corrupt, teetering on the edge of collapse. Excess and brutality mar the Empire and only the dominace of the Vallely Dynasty keeps the various kingdoms in check. So what happens when the Dark Destruction falls on the capital, sending Len, the Heir to the Empire, his sister Anna, and their wounded protector Kai fleeing into the wilderness. Now its up to vain, arrogant Len to somehow stop the catastrophe and claim the throne while Kai struggles to keep the Imperial Heirs safe not only from their enemies, but from themselves.

Billie-Jo tells a great story and while her writing is rough at times, it shows great promise. I can't wait to see how she develops as a writer as well as what twists and turns are coming up in Destiny of Dragons

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Such a Great book. Billie-Jo is an amazing writer and story teller, she brings the story and characters to life is such a great way. I highly recommend her work, 5 star all the way =)... 

Get caught up in the majesty of the world Billie has prepared for you, my friends.

Billie-Jo Williams is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Lily Childs is my Woman In Horror today! Pretty much, Lily's Amazon bio below will tell you much about this talented lady's work. However, there are a few other things I wish to say.

Lily edited February Femmes Fatales and has some great stories in this anthology as well. This is an all woman collection and I believe every reader of the Dark will find something here to whet their appetites. This is the first of Lily's projects which attracted me to her mastery at the craft.

From Lily:

"Just signed the contract with Crystal Lake Publishing for my story Woe, Violent Water to be included in Tales from the Lake: Volume 3. The anthology's lovely editor Monique Snyman says I'm allowed to tell you, so there we have it! Very excited to be part of such a great series from a highly respected publisher."

Gotta love this! I'm in a number of books created by Crystal Lake Publishing, and Joe Mynhardt is a class act!

 Amazon bio:

 Lily Childs is a writer of dark fiction, horror and chilling mysteries.

*New! WITHIN WET WALLS, is a short, gothic ghost story which undulates through time within the wet walls of Wealdstone House. Slip into Eliza Lundy's Victorian sub-existence of servitude and debauchery, laced with opium and absinthe. Taste the terror. Embrace life... while you can.

Eliza's wandering spirit will take you by the hand, by the throat, by the lips. Enter her darkness to discover the beautiful horrors that reside there. She's waiting. She's always waiting. For you. Out in chapbook and ebook formats. (30 pages)

THE HOUSE OF THREE is a ghostly short story set in a dilapidated Victorian terraced house, where siblings Sarah and Johnny return to face the horrors of their tragic past. Out in chapbook and ebook formats. (34 pages)

Available now in paperback and for Kindle. FEBRUARY FEMMES FATALES, a collection of dark fiction and poetry written by twenty-three women from across the globe. Sixty-eight quick sips of horror, crime and noir; tales of revenge, murder and the supernatural. Published by Ganglion Press, edited by Lily Childs.

December 2013 saw the arrival of THE BESTIARUM VOCABULUM, the second in the "Tres Librorum Prohibitorum" series from Western Press Publishing, edited by Dean M. Drinkel. It includes Lily's 1930s trippy journey RAPTURE, and introduces the being that calls itself Veltis.

November 2013: STRANGE TASTES - a contemporary cannibal thriller - was released in the terrifying new compilation FRESH FEAR: CONTEMPORARY HORROR, by James Ward Kirk Fiction, edited by William Cook.

In September 2013 Lily won an Editor's Choice award for her chilling tale, The Ossillatrice Shift in BONES, an anthology from James Ward Kirk Fiction.

March 2013 saw the release of long-awaited horror anthology THE DEMONOLOGIA BIBLICA, including Lily's story THE TWISTWEAVER'S SON. This collection features some of the best horror writers of the moment - Barbie Wilde, William Meikle, Jan Edwards, John Palisano, Mark West, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Adrian Chamberlain, Raven Dane and more. Edited by Dean M. Drinkel it is the first in a collection of anthologies to be published by Western Legends throughout 2013 under the banner "Tres Librorum Prohibitorum".

April 2013 - the paperback version of CABARET OF DREAD: A HORROR COMPENDIUM VOL.1. Eleven terrifying tales studded and sewn together with thirty-two flash frighteners. Perfect to read on the go. This collection of Lily's horror stories is already live as an eBook for Kindle on all Amazon platforms. [Extreme horror - adult only].

Author of the urban fantasy novella 'MAGENTA SHAMAN' Lily has now released the terrifying second episode in the series, 'MAGENTA SHAMAN STONES THE CROW'. Both books are available to download direct to your Kindle from Amazon.

Published as an ebook in 2011, 'COURTING DEMONS - A COLLECTION OF DARK VERSE.' is now available in paperback. Thirty-two wickedly macabre poems to trouble and delight you.

Lily's stories 'The Infanta Triptych' and 'Walls of Flesh' are featured in the extreme vampire horror collection 'Their Dark Masters'. Read her tale 'Softly' - a morbid dialogue - in Caught By Darkness or wander though Daily Bites of Flesh 2011 which includes two further works 'Spangles' and 'Pustula Peculiar'. All available on Amazon.

Many more of Lily's short gothic horrors, ghost stories and nerve-janglers are currently touring publisher and the blogosphere. She has a novel or three on the way - all set in the south of England where she lives, a stone's throw from the sea.

She blogs at where you can read some of her fiction, dark verse, reviews and interviews. Follow her on Twitter @LilyChilds and at

Lily is former Horror Editor at award-winning e-zine Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers.

Here is the great anthology that introduced me to Lily Childs. february femmes fatales

Lily has a number of stories in this great tome and also did the editing for this fantastic collection of horror by some of the best Women In Horror!

Book description:

 Edited by Lily Childs – a collection of dark and wicked words from twenty-three women, the FEBRUARY FEMMES FATALES.

From quick sips of short, sharp micro-fiction to full-length stories; from poetry to a novel tease, ‘February Femmes Fatales - the book’ dishes out fear by the bucketload.

Noir, horror, crime, myths. Travel in time. Be reborn. Take revenge.

Meet demons. Dally with ghosts. Fight gun totin’ kick-ass gals with gumption… and dig deeper, where you’ll encounter war crimes, murder and foul-play. Not to mention a deadly dose of darkest humour.

The writers have offered up a smokin’ selection of dark fiction and poetry which will make your skin crawl, have you wiping away tears or laughing out loud. May they terrify and unnerve you.

Sweet dreams...

The authors:

R.S. Bohn
Lily Childs
Erin Cole
Dorothy Davies
Sandra Davies
Marissa Farrar
Ellie Garratt
Sue Harding
Anna Harris
Helen A. Howell
A.J. Humpage
Susan May James
Rebecca Kovar
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Jodi MacArthur
Marietta Miles
Laurita Miller
Katherine Moriarty
Tania Redd
Icy Sedgwick
Lou Treleaven

Lily is a multi-talented lady. Her great books are not to be missed.

Check out more at Lily's website, and her Facebook page at .
Lily Childs is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Friday, March 3, 2017


C.L. Hernandez is my Woman In Horror today! C. L. is rather quiet at times, especially when it comes to talking about herself. However, she has some great interviews I think you will like. I don't feel it would be right for me to steal snippets from them and post here, so I'll post the links here and you can read them in their totality.

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I read this post of C. L. 's on her blog and found it makes perfect sense. . Mr. Knotgudenov must surely die!

Amazon bio:

"Horror, ghosts, creepy creatures, and spooky spirits: they’ve all been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a young girl, I was enthralled by TV shows like Night Gallery, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone, and Creature Features. I read every horror book I could get my hands on—the scarier the better!
I started writing short horror stories to entertain myself when I was about ten years old, and I continued writing off and on for years. I briefly entertained thoughts of being published, but never acted on it until later in life. Now I’m working with two publishers as well as self-publishing.
My work includes the novels A Jar of Fingers, The Witch War of Fiddlehead Creek, Seven Deadly Ghosts, The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor, and Mr. Goddard’s Menagerie, and the short horror story collections Cobwebs and A Half-Dozen Horrors, with more to come. My short stories have also been featured in the anthologies Dead Harvest, Deathmongers: Where the Light Dies, and Happy Little Horrors.
My only regret so far is that I didn’t get serious about my writing sooner!"

I guess I'm cheating a bit here, but the piece below was in Terri's Bookshelf, a part of her Owl's Eye View Magazine, a while ago. Terri DelCampo, my wife, and C.L. wrote it. Terri and C. L. Hernandez have been friends for a while now. Here is the interview in its entirety.

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"Greetings again, ooky readers.

This past month has flown by, and while I've been editing about sixteen hours a day for Visionary Press Collaborative, I haven't had much of a chance for leisure reading. My boss, Blaze McRob has been assigning me some awesome titles that I know you will love, and as soon as their release parties are happening on Facebook I will let you know. Some exciting stuff on the horizon by writers that really rock the ooky!

I must say it's a great pleasure for me to feature horror author C.L. Hernandez in this issue. I have been reading her stories since her first book, Cobwebs came out on Kindle, and I fell in love with the writing. Ms. Hernandez smoothly builds suspense, concern for her characters, and general ooky atmosphere, then suddenly she delivers a gut punch and you wonder if she even sullied her velvet glove.

Which is why, when her second book, A Half Dozen Horrors came out a few months later, I was begging for it. Begging for more, and you will too, for C.L. Hernandez's stories are addicting.

C.L. was gracious and completed my questionnaire, in her unique way, that always leaves us wanting just a little more.

Q&A with C.L. Hernandez

When did you start writing and at what age?

I started writing when I learned to spell at around age four or so.

What led you to your genre?

My natural attraction to all things dark and dreary.

Do you cross genres?

No, not yet, but I have considered it.

Who (or what) were your main literary influences?   (Other writers?  Art?  Music?  Heroes?) 

Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, Gord Rollo, and, believe it or not, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Who do you write for?

I used to agonize over that question. I write for me, and that’s about it.

Which of your books are you most proud of and why?

That would have to be The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor, (coming in 2016 from Barking Rain Press). It started life as a National Novel Writer’s Month project, and it just kind of grew from there. I rocked out a 65,000 word first draft in 28 days using my one-fingered hunt and peck technique. I have improved with the typing since then, but not much.

How much of your real life do you incorporate into your stories?  Do you unload your issues in your writing?  Is there always a story behind the story?  

Yes, I find myself doing that all the time! Funny thing is, I don’t mean to do it! It just seems to happen on its own.

When you're creating characters, do you picture someone real and then give them a new identity, or do you create people out of thin air?

I do both.

Is writing your main income or do you still have a day job?  
Due to health issues, I no longer have a “real job.” I don’t think I’d ever call my writing a job, because jobs suck and writing doesn’t.

What kind of day jobs have you worked, and have those jobs influenced your writing? 

I have worked in retail, done telemarketing, worked in dry cleaning, worked at a health club, tended bar, and worked in a casino. I have hundreds and hundreds of stories to tell about those jobs.

Day in the life?  Are you a day or night person?  Are your days packed with activity and frantic or laid back and relaxed? Do you get so wound up in your projects that you forget to eat?  

My favorite time of day is around 4:00 am, when everyone is still asleep. I love the silence and solitude. My days are pretty relaxed and quiet. I can’t stand noise or a lot of activity. And yes, sometimes I do get so involved in my projects, I forget to eat, but it doesn’t happen often.

Do you hand write or type or a combination and why? 

When I’m on a tight deadline, I write by hand and have my daughter copy it into a doc. It just goes faster for me and the words seem to flow better. Also, there’s my crappy typing skills to consider. There are times when I won’t even turn on my computer because I know I’ll get distracted by Facebook.

Do you get blocked and if so, how do you deal with it?  

Yes, I do get blocked from time to time, but I have my ways of dealing with it. Reading helps tremendously.

What's the hardest part of being a writer to you?  The easiest?  

The hardest part is getting my ideas from my brain onto paper. Sometimes I’ll have an entire novel or story in my head—but it wants to stay there! The easiest part is coming up with ideas. I love my imagination.

What about your writing environment?  Do you need quiet, noisy, music, home, desk, sofa, outside, at the mall, in nature? 

I need peace and quiet! The only noises allowed are nature sounds, like chirping birds, falling rain, blowing wind, and purring cats!

Any hints about upcoming projects? 

The first book of a three-book series comes out in July from Winlock Press. It’s called The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs: A Jar of Fingers (book one). It’s about a witch with an unusual disability who has a fight to the finish with some hardcore creepiness. Since there are so many other books about witches, I needed to make mine unique. I also have a novel being published by Barking Rain Press. It’s called The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor, and it’s about a haunted medieval plague doctor’s mask.


Well, I asked C.L. to tell me one thing that no one knows about C.L. Hernandez, and she left the question blank. I guess that means either she is an open book, or that she's leaving us with a mystery to be solved in the near future, perhaps in 2016 when The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor comes out. I will take her up on that.

Until then, C.L. Hernandez has plenty of ooky offerings to keep you quaking and sleeping with the lights on:

C.L. Hernandez's website:


A Half-Dozen Horrors
Gargoyles and a goddess! Insects and arachnids! Witches and wizards! Six weird, wild tales that will make you shiver, cringe, and gag! A supernatural sampler for hard core horror fans.

(A mummified hand seeks revenge... A harmless witch gets pushed a little too far... The Grim Reaper falls victim to a prank...This is the kind of ghoulish fun you'll find in Cobwebs, the little book of unsettling tales. Small but mighty, Cobwebs invites you to explore six weird little stories. Try one a day, or be a glutton for punishment, and devour them all at once!)

A Woman's Touch
A true account of the author's supernatural experiences in a century-old house.

Dead Harvest
(It’s always darkest before the harvest. Each year, as summer fades to memory, and the sky begins to grow dark, and the leaves change color and fall, the faint, fetid scent of death--of slowly rotting things--begins to drift in, hanging on the chill air like a ghostly pall. Making us wonder, what this year’s harvest will produce. Well... the harvest is here. And it is dead. With these 50 dark tales and nearly 700 pages of terror, you will experience fear, depravity, love, and loss. And a kind of chill, that won’t soon leave your bones. DEAD HARVEST is a crop like no other! Enter the field and get lost... Edited by Mark Parker Includes stories from Tim Lebbon, Richard Chizmar, Ronald Malfi, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Jeff Strand, James A. Moore, Tim Waggoner, Greg F. Gifune and many more...)

Death Mongers
Deathmongers: Where the Light Dies is an anthology of death and survival, of grotesque horror and subtle creeping in the back of everyone's mind. Each author showcases his talent and art in stories that will not only shock you, but will take you into the dark corners of the earth. Reality molds with fiction and you will learn a very valuable lesson: life is short; death is an eternity.

Happy Little Horrors
Happy Little Horrors is an anthology produced by author David Reuben and editor Monique Happy. Some of the best authors in the horror genre are represented, including Michael Robertson, Craig McDonough, Derrick LaCombe, David Reuben, C.L. Hernandez, Joseph A. Coley, James Michaels, Tania Cooper, Eila Oakes, Brandon Ryals, Michael Clary, Kya Aliana, Allen Gamboa, Dean Wild, John McIlveen, Toni Lesatz, Brandon Cracraft, and Steven G. Bynum.

Jar of Fingers
Coming in July of 2015!

The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor
Coming in 2016!"

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Cobwebs  is the book where I was introduced to the great writing of C. L. My review below - Robert C. Nelson - says it all!
Book description:
 A mummified hand seeks revenge. A harmless witch gets pushed a little too far. The Grim Reaper falls
victim to a prank. This is the kind of ghoulish fun you'll find in Cobwebs, volume
one of C. L. Hernandez's Horror Story Six-Packs! Six ghoulishly crafted stories
to keep you awake long into the night! Try one a day, or be a glutton for
punishment, and devour them all at once!

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Cobwebs, by C.L. Hernandez, is a brilliant collection! I am new to this author, having stumbled across her when she asked to be my friend on Facebook. This collection would be outstanding for an established author, let alone a new talent on the scene. She is a classic example of why I love to read horror written by women authors. There is that special something and she "has" it!

All of these stories are awesome. And they are all so different. There is not only humor sprinkled into this collection, there is sarcastic wit bandied about - my favorite kind! Give The Man A Hand proves that.

The Leaf Lady is a wonderful revenge story. I am screaming to say more, but I would ruin it for you.

Stage Dive is the shortest one and it floored me because of the ending. Superb!

Death In A Bottle shows me the intelligence dwelling within this story. This is my favorite in the collection! The Grim Reaper versus . . . versus a most cunning adversary.

Brie Noir has horror, revenge, love, and witchcraft all wrapped up into a superb tale. Oh. It also has cheese.

Tub toys is the most chilling one in the collection. You know something is going to happen, but when and how?

There you have it! Six fantastic stories from an author I want to read more tales from. You will love every story! My personal guaranty! 

 A Half-Dozen Horrors is the second six-pack in C. L.'s short story series. This is another great collection! Terri DelCampo starts off the reviews below. Hey, it's a family love-fest for C. L.'s writing.

Book description:
 From the twisted imagination
of C. L. Hernandez comes Horror Story Six-Packs, volume two! Discover gargoyles
and a goddess, insects and arachnids, witches and wizards! A Half-Dozen Horrors
brings you six weird, wild tales that will make you shiver, cringe, and gag! A
supernatural sampler for hard core horror fans.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Every story has tucked within it dread, spookiness, and the final one grossed out an undertaker's daughter with a strong stomach--me! Well done, C. L. Hernandez! When I come looking for chills Hernandez is right on my favorite authors shelf with King, Barker, Saul, Harris, Lovecraft, Brite, Rice, Stoker, Hill, Deane, and Lynch! To the author: More! Please! 

Make sure you check out C. L.'s other great books on Amazon. They are all superb and deserving of your reading time.

C. L. Hernandez is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob